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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - Marklin Z Scale Catenary

Matt Lovell

MATT LOVELL explains how to construct catenary for Z Scale track.

This step by step guide will take you through constructing Marklin's Z Scale catenary wires and posts. These are quite fiddly so care must be taken to ensure a good finish. For this project I have used the Marklin MN08198 Catenary Start Set.

Step 1: Constructing the Wires

First locate all the wires, clips and springs that you need for about a one foot length. (Working in one foot lengths will help in the construction).

With the grey plastic clips insert one of the copper springs over the lugs.

Z Scale Catenary

Overlay one section of the catenary wire over the left hand lugs and another section over the right hand lugs.

Z Scale Catenary

Fold over the grey clamp to secure the wires in place. This will ensure that the wires will not fall out and ping everywhere.

Z Scale Catenary

Repeat this process until you have a sufficient length of catenary wire to work with.

Step 2: Connecting the Masts

Now that you have a nice length of wire you can start connecting the masts. First start by turning the wire the other way up so that the clamp is at the back.

You will see two rectangular holes on the back of this plate.

Z Scale Catenary

Insert the catenary mast wires into these holes starting at the top. The curved section on the catenary wire should be at the top.

Z Scale Catenary

Repeat this step until you have completed your catenary.

Once you have constructed all the wire you need for the section you are working on you can start connecting it to the track.

Step 3: Connecting The Catenary to the Track

This section is nice and straight forward but care will still need to be taken to ensure a good finish.

Using the black track clips insert one of the masts into the track clip and then position the clip under the track.

To secure the catenary masts you will need to pin the track down using the Track Nails.

After all the track is pinned down you can start adding ballast and other scenic details to your railway.

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